Sunday, April 4, 2010

ecm - various lps (1001 to 1299) the most beautiful sound next to silence


- steve lake & paul griffiths - horizons touched: the music of ecm - granta books - 2007
- lars müller - windfall light: the visual language of ecm - lars müller publishers - 2010

listening/re-listening to many classic ecm albums, to get better acquainted with the giant catalogue (see pages 359-441 [1969-2009] in windfall light), using 2 recent publications on the history/recordings as reference.
thinking of connections between musicians, photographers and graphic designers working within the label .

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- mal waldron - free at last (ecm 1001) - 1969
w/ maldron (p), isla eckinger (b), clarence becton (d)
design - rufus vedder


- paul bley/gary peacock - paul bley with gary peacock (ecm 1003) - 1970
w/ bley (p), peacock (b), paul motian (d), billy elgart (d)
photography - hans harzheim / design - b&b wojirsch


- marion brown - afternoon of a georgia faun (ecm 1004) - 1970
(a bit to "avant-garde" for me, but nice moments and great cover)
w/ marion brown (alto, zomari, percussion), jack gregg (b,d), billy malone (d: side b), andrew cyrille (d), larry curtis (d: side b). chick corea (p, bells, gong, percussion), anthony braxton (alto, soprano, clarinet, clarinet [contra-bass], chinese musette, flute, percussion), bennie maupin (tenor, alto flute, bass, clarinet, wooden flute, acorn, bells, percussion), william green (top o' lin, percussion: side b), jeanne lee (voice, percussion), gayle palmore (voice, p. percussion)
design - dieter henkel


- jan garbarek - afric pepperbird (ecm 1007) - 1970
w/ garbarek (reeds, flute, percussion), arild andersen (b, p), terje rypdal (g), jon christensen (d)
design - barbara wojirsch


- paul bley - ballads (ecm 1010) - 1971
w/ bley (p), gary peacock (b side a), mark levinson (b side b) barry altschul (d)
design - b&b wojirsch


- dave holland/barre philips - music for two basses (ecm 1011) - 1971
design - b&b wojirsch


- bobo stenson/arild andersen/jon christiansen - underwear (ecm 1012) - 1971
w/ stenson (p), andersen (b), christiansen (d)
photography - h. cananis, l. gabrielsen / design - b&b wojirsch


- jan garbarek - sart (ecm 1015) - 1971
w/ garbarek (s, flute), bob stenson (p, e-piano), terje rypdal (g), arild andersen (b), jon christensen (d)
design - b&b wojirsch

- terje rypdal - terje rypdal (ecm 1016) - 1971
w/ rypdal (guitar, flute), arild andersen (b), bobo stenson (electric piano), ekkehard fintl (oboe, english horn), jon christensen (d), jan garbarek (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet), inger lise rypdal (voice)
design - b&b wojirsch

- circle - paris concert (ecm 1018/19) - 1971
w/ anthony braxton (reeds, percussion), chick corea (p), david holland (b, cello), barry altschul (d)
design - b&b wojirsch


- paul bley - open, to love (ecm 1023) - 1973
design - b&b wojirsch


- stanley cowell trio - illusion suite (ecm 1026) - 1973
w/ cowell (p), stanley clarke (b), jimmy hopps (d)
photography - ed sherman / design - b&b wojirsch


- dave holland quartet - conference of the birds (ecm 1027) - 1973
w/ holland (b), sam rivers (reeds, flute), anthony braxton (reeds, flute), barry altschul (d)
artwork - dave holland/pueblo designs and the book of signs / design - barbara wojirsch


- paul motian - conception vessel (ecm 1028) - 1973
w/ motian - (d) charlie haden (b: 1, 3, 6), becky friend (flute: 6), sam brown (guitar: 1, 3), keith jarrett (p: 4), leroy jenkins (violin: 6)
photography - paul motian / design - b&b wojirsch


- jan garbarek/arild andersen/edward vesala - triptykon (ecm 1029) - 1973
w/ garbarek (tenor, flute), andersen (b), vesala (d)
design - b&b wojirsch


- terje rypdal - what comes after - (ecm 1031) - 1974
w/ rypdal (g, flute), barre phillips (b), jon christensen (d, organ), erik niord larsen (oboe, corno inglese), sveinung hovensjø (b)
cover photo and design - frieder grindler


- ralph towner - diary (ecm 1032) - 1974
(partly soft, partly not, great cover)
w/ towner (g [12 string, classical], p, gong)
design - b&b wojirsch



- jan garbarek/bobo stenson quartet - witchi-tai-to (ecm 1041) - 1974
w/ garbarek (soprano and tenor), stenson (p), palle danielsson (b), jon christensen (d)
photography by paul maar / design by b&b wojirsch


- eberhard weber - the colours of cloë (ecm 1042) - 1974
w/ weber (b, cello, ocarina), rainer brüninghas (p, synthesizer), peter giger (d), ralf hübner (d), ack van rooyen (flugelhorn), cellos of the südfunk orchestra, stuttgart
artwork - maya weber


- bennie maupin - the jewel in the lotus (ecm 1043) - 1974
w/ maupin (reeds, voice, glockenspiel), herbie hancock (p, electric piano), buster williams (b), frederick waits (d), billy hart (d), bill summers (percussion), charles sullivan (t)
photography - james lott / design - betye saar
(cd 2007 - cover photo - wunsch.kleis / design - sascha kleis)


- julian priester - love, love (ecm 1044) - 1974
w/ priester (whistle, trombone, baritone horn, synthesizer, arp synthesizer, cowbells, percussion), bill connors (g), hadley caliman (flute, reeds), mguanda david johnson (flute, soprano), bayete umbra zindiko (p, fender rhodes, clavinet), patrick gleeson (arp, moog, oberheim synthesizer), nyimbo henry franklin (b, ron mcclure (bass guitar), kamau eric gravatt (d), leon "ndugu" chancler (d)
photography - tadayuki naito / design - b&b wojirsch


- rypdal - whenever i seem to be far away (ecm 1045) - 1974
w/ rypdal (g), sveinung hovensjø (b), odd ulleberg (french horn) - pete knutsen (mellotron, electric piano), jon christensen (percussion), christian hedrich (viola), helmut geiger (violin), südfunk symphony orchestra
photography - tadayuki naito / design - dieter bonhorst


- john abercromie - timeless (ecm 1047) - 1975
w/ abercrombie (g), jack dejohnette (d), jan hammer (organ, synthesizer, piano)
design - rolf liese


- paul motian - tribute (ecm 1048) - 1975
w/ motian (d), carlos ward (alto), sam brown (acoustic and electric guitars), paul metzke (electric guitar), charlie haden (b)
design - b&b wojirsch


- keith jarrett and jan garbarek - luminessence (ecm 1049) - 1975
w/ jan garbarek (s), südfunk symphony orchestra stuttgart
design - b&b wojirsch


- bill connors - theme to the gaurdian (ecm 1057) - 1975
w/ connors (g)
cover design - frieder grindler


- arild andersen - clouds in my head (ecm 1059) - 1975
(need to get)
w/ andersen (b), pål thowsen (d), jon balke (p), knut riisnæs (tenor, soprano, flute)
photography - niels hartmann / design - b&b wojirsch


- ralph towner - solstice - (ecm 1060) - 1975
w/ towner (acoustic 12 string and classical guitar, piano), eberhard weber (b, cello), jon christensen (d), jan garbarek (tenor, soprano, flute)
photography - rainer kiedrowski / design - dieter bonhorst


- john abercrombie/dave holland/jach dejohnette - gateway (ecm 1061) - 1975
artwork - maja weber / design - dieter bonhorst


- colin walcott - cloud dance (ecm 1062) - 1976
w/ walcott (sitar, tabla), dave holland (b), jack dejohnette (d), john abercrombie (g)
photography - tadayuki naito / design - dieter bonhorst


- enrico rava - the pilgrim and the stars (ecm 1063) - 1975
w/ rava (t), john abercrombie (g), palle danielsson (b), jon christensen (d)
cover design and photos - guiseppe pino / layout - barbara wojirsch


- keith jarrett - the köln concert (ecm 1064/65) - 1975
photography by wolfgang frankenstein / design by b&b wojirsch


- eberhard weber - yellow fields (ecm 1066) - 1976
w/ weber (b), jon christensen (d), rainer brüninghaus (keyboards), charlie mariano (soprano, shenai, reeds [nagaswaram])
artwork - maja weber / design - dieter bohnhorst


- terje rypdal - odyssey (ecm 1067/68) - 1975
w/ rypdal (guitar, strings [ensemble], soprano), sveinung hovensjø (b), svein christiansen (d), brynjulf blix (organ), torbjørn sunde (trombone)
photography - giuseppe pino / design - barbara wojirsch


- kenny wheeler - gnu high (ecm 1069) - 1976
w/ wheeler (flugelhorn), dave holland (b), jack dejohnette (d), keith jarrett (p)
photography - tadayuki naito / design - barbara wojirsch


- tomasz stanko - balladyna (ecm 1071) - 1976
w/ stanko (t), tomasz szukalski (soprano, tenor), edward vesala (d), dave holland (b)
photography - rainer kiedrowski / design - dieter bonhorst


- jan garbarek & bobo stenson quartet - dansere (ecm 1075) - 1976
w/ garbarek (saxophones), stenson (p), palle danielsson (b), jon christensen (d)
cover design - frieder grindler


- barre phillips - mountainscapes (ecm 1076) - 1976
design - frieder grindler


- edward vesala - nan madol (ecm 1077) - 1976
w/ vesala (d, flute, harp), teppo hauta-aho (b, voice), sakari kukko (flute), elisabeth leistola (harp), charlie mariano (s, flute), pentti lahti (reeds), seppo paakkunainen (s, flute), juhani aaltonen (s, flute, bells, voice), mircea stan (trombone), kaj backlund (t), juhani poutanen (violin, viola, voice, bells)
photography by pawel lucki / design - dieter bonhorst


- enrico rava - the plot (ecm 1078) - 1977
w/ rava (t), john abercrombie (g), palle danielsson (b), jon christensen (d)
design beatrize vidal


- john abercrome and ralph towner - saragosa sea (ecm 1080) - 1976
photography - franco fontana / design barbara wojursch


- arild andersen - shimri (ecm 1082) - 1977
w/ andersen (b), juhani aaltonen (tenor and soprano, flutes, percussion), lars jansson (p), pål thowsen (d/percussion)
photography - lajos keresztes / design - dieter bonhorst


- terje rypdal - after the rain (ecm 1083) - 1976
w/ rypdal (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, synthesizer [string ensemble], piano, electric piano, soprano, flute, bells, tubular bells, inger lise rypdal (vocals)
photography - franco fontana / design - dieter bonhorst


- eberhard weber - the following morning (ecm 1084) - 1977
(need to hear)
artwork - maja weber / design - dieter bonhorst


- edward vesala - satu (ecm 1088) - 1977
w/ vesala (d), palle danielsson (b), rolf malm (clarinet: 1, 2, 4), palle mikkelborg (flugelhorn: 1, 3, t: 2 to 4), juhani aaltonen (flute: 1, 2, alto flute: 3, soprano: 4, tenor: 3) , knut riisnæs (flute: 1, tenor: 2, 3), terje rypdal (guitar: 1 to 4), tomasz szukalski (soprano: 1, 3, 4, tenor: 2, 4), torbjørn sunde (trombone: 1 to 4), tomasz stanko (t)
photography - lajos keresztes / design - dieter bonhorst


- jan garbarek - dis (ecm 1093) - 1977
w/ garbarek (tenor and soprano, wood flute), ralph towner (g)
photography - franco fontana / design - barbara wojirsch


- ralph towner - solstice - sound and shadow (ecm 1095) - 1977
w/ towner (12-string and classical guitars, piano, french horn), jan garbarek (soprano and tenor, flute), eberhard weber (b, cello), jon christensen (d)
design - barbara wojirsch


- kenny wheeler - deer wan (ecm 1102) - 1978
w/ wheeler (t, flugelhorn), dave holland (b), jack dejohnette (d), john abercrombie (g, electric mandolin), ralph towner (g: a2), jan garbarek (tenor, soprano)
photography - klaus knaup / design - barbara wojirsch


- jack dejohnette's directions - new ragas (ecm 1103) - 1977
w/ dejohnette (d, p), john abercrombie (g, electric mandolin), alex foster (tenor and soprano), mike richmond (b)
cover photo - lajos keresztes / layout - dieter bonhorst


- eberhard weber colours - silent feet (ecm 1107) - 1978
(need to get)
w/ weber (b), john marshall (d), charlie mariano (flute, soprano), rainer brüninghaus (p, synthesizer)
artwork - maja weber / design - dieter bonhurst


- paul motian trio - dance (ecm 1108) - 1978
w/ motian (d), david izenzon (b), charles brackeen (soprano and tenor)
photo by e.j. fadell / design by kenneth hunter


- dave holland - emerald tears (ecm 1109) - 1978
design - barbara wojirsch


- terje rypdal - waves (ecm 1110) - 1978
w/ rypdal (g, rmi keyboard computer, arp synthesizer), palle mikkelborg (t, fluegelhorn, rmi, tac piano, ringmodulator), sveinung hovensjø (b), jon christensen (d)
cover photo - klaus knaup / layout - barbara wojirsch


- jan garbarek - places (ecm 1118) - 1978
w/ garbarek (s), jack dejohnette (d), bill connors (g), john taylor (organ, piano)
photography - klaus knaup / design - barbara wojirsch


- gary peacock - december poems (ecm 1119) - 1979
w/ peacock (b), jan garbarek (s)
artwork - nancy brown peacock / design - barbara wojirsch


- ralph towner/eddie gomez/jack dejohnette - batik (ecm 1121) - 1978
w/ towner (g,p), gomez (b), jejohnette (d)
lp - cover - armin lambert / design - barbara wojirsch
cd (pictured) - photography and design - sascha kleis


- enrico rava quartet - s/t (ecm 1122) - 1978
w/ rava (t), roswell rudd (trombone), j.f. jenny-clark (b), aldo romano (d)
design - barbara wojirsch


- barre phillips - three day moon (ecm 1123) - 1978
w/ phillips (b), terje rypdal (g, synthesizer, organ), dieter feichtner (synthesizer), trilok gurtu (tabla, percussion)
photography - mikko hietaharju / design - barbara wojirsch


- terje rypdal/miroslav vitous/jack dejohnette - s/t (ecm 1125) - 1979
w/ rypdal (g, guitar synthesizer, organ), vitous (b, electric piano), dejohnette (d)
cover photo - dieter rehm


- art ensemble of chicago - nice guys (ecm 1126) - 1979
w/ malachi favors (b, percussion, melodica), famoudou don moye (d), roscoe mitchell (s, flute, clarinet, gong ), joseph jarman (s, vocals, flute, clarinet), lester bowie (t, celesta, bass drum)
photography - isio saba / design - barbara wojirsch


- arild andersen quartet - green shading into blue (ecm 1127) - 1978
w/ andersen (b), juhani aaltonen (tenor and soprano, flutes), lars jansson (p, moog, string ensemble), pal thowsen (d)
photography - karl kempf / design - barbara wojirsch


- steve reich - music for 18 musicians (ecm 1129) - 1978
artwork - beryl korot / design - paula bisacca


- colin walcott/don cherry/naná vasconcelos - codona (ecm 1132) - 1979
w/ walcott (sitar, tabla, dulcimer), cherry (t, flute, vocals), vasconcelos (berimbau, cuica, percussion, vocals)
design and photography - frieder grindler


- eberhard weber - fluid rustle (ecm 1137) - 1979
(moments only)
w/ weber (b, percussion), bill frisell (g, balalaika), gary burton (harp, marimba), bonnie herman (v), norma winstone (v)
design - maya weber


- paul motian trio - le voyage (ecm 1138) - 1979
w/ motian (d), j.-f. jenny-clark (b), charles brackeen (tenor, soprano)
photography - tadayuki naito / design - dani lienhard


- leo smith - divine love (ecm 1143) - 1979
w/ smith (t, fugelhorn, gong, percussion [steel-o-phone]), dwight andrews (alto flute, bass clarinet, tenor, triangle, kalimba [mbira]), bobby naughton (vibraphone [vibraharp], marimba, bells)
photography - roberto masotti / design - peter brötzmann


- terje rypdal - descendre (ecm 1144) - 1980
w/ rypdal (g, keyboards, flute), jon christensen (d), palle mikkelborg (t, flugelhorn, keyboards)
photography and design - dieter rehm


- miroslav vitous - first meeting (ecm 1145) - 1980
w/ vitous (b), jon christensen (d), kenny kirkland (p), john surman (soprano, bass clarinet)
photography - joel meyerowitz / design - jurgen peschel


- john surman - upon reflection (ecm 1148) - 1979
w/ surman (reeds, synthesizers)
cover photo - christain vogt / design - dieter rehm


- barre phillips - journal violone ii (ecm 1149) - 1980
w/ phillips (b), john surman (soprano, baritone, clarinet, synthesizer), aina kemanis (v)
artwork - r. balestra / design - barbara wojirsch


- ralph towner - old friends, new friends (ecm 1153) - 1979
w/ towner (g [12 string, classical], piano, french horn), david darling (cello), michael di pasqua (d), kenny wheeler (t, flugelhorn)
photography - laurence d'amico / design - barbara wojirsch


- don cherry/dewey redman/charlie haden/ed blackwell - old and new dreams (ecm 1154) - 1979
photography - herbert wenn / design - barbara wojirsch

- kenny wheeler - around 6 (ecm 1156) - 1980
w/ wheeler (trumpet, flugelhorn), j.-f. jenny-clark (bass), edward vesala (drums), evan parker (soprano & tenor saxophone), eje thelin (trombone), tom van der geld (vibraharp)
photography - christian vogt / design - dieter rehm


- david darling - journal october (ecm 1161) - 1980
w/ darling (cello, bells, gong, timpani, voice)
design - klaus detjen


- sam rivers - contrasts (ecm 1162) - 1980
w/ rivers (soprano, tenor, flute), dave holland (b), thurman barker (d, marimba), george lewis (trombone)
photography and design - dieter rehm


- ralph towner - solo concert (ecm 1173) - 1980
artwork - michel delprete / design - barbara wojirsch


- g.i. gurdjieff/keith jarrett - sacred hymns (ecm 1174) - 1980
cover design - barbara wojirsch

- miroslav vitous - miroslav vitous group (ecm 1185) - 1981
w/ vitous (b), jon christensen (d), kenny kirkland (p), john surman (s)
photography - gabor attalai / design - dieter rehm


- terje rypdal/miroslav vitous/jack dejohnette - to be continued (ecm 1192) - 1981
photography - milan horacek / design - klaus detjen


- john surman/jack dejohnette - the amazing adventures of simon simon (ecm 1193) - 1981
w/ surman (reeds, synthesizer), dejohnette (d, electric piano)
cover photo - christian vogt / design - susan nash


- jan garbarek - eventyr (ecm 1200) - 1981
w/ garbarek (tenor and soprano, flute), john abercrombie (g, mandolin), nana vasconcelos (berimbau, talking drum, percussion, voice)
photography - frank albiez / design - barbara wojirsch


- steve tibbetts - northern song (ecm 1218) - 1982
(moments are nice)
photography and design - dieter rehm


- david darling - cycles (ecm 1219) - 1981
w/ darling(cello, 8-string electric cello), collin walcott(sitar, tabla, percussion, soprano), steve kuhn (p), jan garbarek (tenor and soprano), arild andersen (b), oscar castro neves (g)
photography - christian vogt / design - susan nash


- jan garbarek - paths, prints (ecm 1223) - 1982
w/ garbarek (tenor, alto), eberhard weber (b), bill frisell (g), john christensen (d)
photography - petra nettlebeck / design - barbara wojirsch


- bill frisell - in line (ecm 1241) - 1983
design - maya weber


- miroslav vitous - journey's end (ecm 1242) - 1982
w/ vitous (b), john surman (soprano and baritone, bass clarinet), john taylor (p), jon christensen (d)
photography - dag alveng / design - barbara wojirsch


- michael galasso - scenes (ecm 1245) - 1983
photography - mark nelson / design - dieter rehm


- john surman - such winters of memory (ecm 1254) - 1983
w/ surman (soprano, baritone, bass clarinet , recorder, p, synthesizer, voice), pierre favre (d), karin krog (voice, effects [oberheim ring modulator], tambura)
photography - jim bengston / design - dieter rehm


- barre phillips - call me when you get there (ecm 1257) - 1984
design - barbara wojirsch


- terje rypdal/david darling - eos (ecm 1263) - 1984
w/ rypdal (g, casio mt-30), darling (cello, 8-string electric cello)
cover photo and design - dieter rehm


- arvo pärt - tabula rasa (ecm 1275) - 1984
w/ alfred schnittke (p) , keith jarrett (p), gidon kremer (v) , tatiana grindenko (v), dennis russel davies (conductor)
design - barbara wojisch

- paul motian trio - it should've happened a long time ago (ecm 1283) - 1985
w/ motian (d), bill frisell (g), joe lovano (s)
photography - paul motian / design - barbara wojisch

- bill frisell - rambler (ecm 1287) - 1985
w/ frisell (g, synthesizer [guitar]) - jerome harris (b), paul motian (d), kenny wheeler (t, cornet, flugelhorn), bob stewart (tuba)
design - j.r. clare


- jan garbarek group - it's ok to listen to the gray voice (ecm 1294) - 1985
w/ garbarek (tenor and soprano), david torn (g, guitar synthesizer, dx7), eberhard weber (b), michael dipasqua (d)
cover design - barbara wojirsch


- lester bowie's brass fantasy - i only have eyes for you (ecm 1296) - 1985
w/ bowie (t), phillip wilson (d), vincent chancey (french horn), craig harris (trombone) , steve turre (trombone), malachi thompson (t), stanton cavis (t, flugelhorn), bob stewart (tuba)
photography - karl johnson / design - dieter rehm



(list of lps heard, some missing ones to be on later posts?)
((thanks to duck who sent a good list almost a year ago for a still forthcoming guitar post))

4 comments:

the art of memory said...

need a break from the art of memory after this, nearly killed me...

any errors, let me know, still have to get "closer" to these cds, will take a while but a list is good for me to start things in getting clearer

zach said...

I've been meaning to delve into ECM records for a while...don't really know where to start.

grasprelease said...

Your posts are always interesting and often wonderful...don't burn out! I don't think we'd know what to do without you. I still discover and rediscover films, streets, and trains expressly because of your blog. Some ECMs I have returned to repeatedly with great pleasure, and recommended, lent, and not infrequently re-purchased:
1. Gesualdo: TENEBRAE (Hilliard)
2. Dave Holland/Derek Bailey
3. Chick Corea: MUSIC FOR CHILDREN
4. Werner Pirchner: EU
5. Gavin Bryars: THREE VIENNESE DANCERS
6. Paul Hindemith: SONATAS FOR VIOLA ALONE
7. Thomas Tallis: LAMENTATIONS...
8. Perotin (Hilliard)
9. Paul Giger: SCHATTENWELT, and maybe also CHARTRES
10. Heinz Holliger: SCARNDANELLI-ZYKLUS
11. William Byrd (Hilliard)
12. Federico Mompou: MUSICA CALLADA (a supreme favorite, recently)
13. Schubert: TRIO IN ES-DUR

And on and on. I have reservations about what seems like an overproduced staidness that mars the approach for me, but that is a common argument and is countered often enough. And I could easily name another 30 or 40 albums that are at least as essential as those above...those have simply been spinning in my head this past few years....

And all the items on your list (of the Bleys, I have a special fondness for the solo OPEN, TO LOVE recording, though Bill Frisell's playing on the two "quartet" records is a thing to behold...gorgeous; nothing like his last 15 years as much mellower fare. And the Jimmy Giuffre 2cd set (1961), which is excellent in every way, as soulful as it is rarified.

the art of memory said...

i'm just getting started on these, list just up to 1985. hoping to find the time to do up to 2010.
thanks for the 13, i love the tenebrae, mompou, and bryars and schubert. will check out the others. next post 85 to maybe 95, 80s gets dangerous...
surely my favourite label, and yes the giuffre reprint is amazing, i want to get the lp version.
thanks again for the kind words and list, always love a good list especially with such a magical number.